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Music Theory Grades 1 to 5

Grades 1 to 5 Music Theory exams are marked out of a total of 75 with 50 being required for a pass, 60 for a Merit and 65 for a Distinction.

Our online Music Theory suite at Grades 1 to 5 have been designed to use objective test questions. This style of assessment contains questions that generate either a correct or incorrect answer across all sections of the paper. This allows us to award marks in line with the very specific knowledge and understanding of Music Theory each candidate demonstrates. Candidates do not have to pass each section of the exam in order to achieve the overall qualification.

Each exam at Grades 1 to 5 are separated into knowledge based sections as outlined below.

Grades 1, 2 and 3

Section

Rhythm

Pitch

Keys and Scales

Intervals

Tonic Triads

Terms and Signs

Music in Context

Total

Marks available

15

15

15

10

10

5

5

75

Grades 4 and 5

Section

Rhythm

Pitch

Keys and Scales

Intervals

Triads/

Chords*

Terms, Signs and Instruments

Music in Context

Total

Marks available

10

10

15

10

10

10

10

75

* At Grade 4, section 5 is entitled Triads/Chords.
At Grade 5, Section 5 is entitled Chords

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